The only ways to stop spam and viruses

Monday, 25 August 2003, 10:08 AM EST

have what many of you will consider to be bad news: The only way to stop unsolicited commercial e-mail and the viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other scourges of the Internet will be to get a new one. A new Internet, that is. Oh, and while we're at it, we'll need new computers and operating systems, too.

We'll also have to learn the difference between privacy and anonymity. Repeat after me: Privacy good, anonymity bad. That doesn't mean it should be easy for someone else to read your e-mail. It's just that we should be able to trace things like viruses and spam back to their original senders. People should know that bad deeds on the Internet will eventually catch up to them, just as in real life.

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